Defense rules atop the mock draft board

Updated: December 22, 2010, 2:49 PM ET
By Todd McShay

The NFL season is nearing an end, but the draft order is as much up in the air as the playoff picture. As it stands now, though, the Carolina Panthers are holding on to the No. 1 overall pick.

Here's a quick look at how the top pick and the rest of the top five might play out if the draft were held today. Four defensive players and one skill-position player make the cut right now, and all five are underclassmen.